Fallout: New Vegas, KOTOR 2 Dev Obsidian Announces New RPG, The Outer Worlds

For as much as The Game Awards is about recognizing the success of the video game industry’s previous year, it’s also a venue for new game announcements. There were more than a few at this year’s event, but for longtime fans of Obsidian Entertainment, particularly its work on the Fallout series, its announcement came as a somewhat unexpected surprise–all we knew heading into the event was that Obsidian had something to announce.

The Outer Worlds is a single-player, open-world RPG set on distant planets where player choice and dialogue play two very important roles. It’s typical Obsidian, which for the past few years has been embedded in the world of isometric CRPGs such as Pillars of Eternity, its sequel Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, and Tyranny. Though Obsidian was recently acquired by Microsoft, this project remains under Take Two’s Private Division publishing label.

This is a developing story.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled Revealed, Launching June 2019

Coming off the heels of the recent PS1-era remakes Spyro Reignited Trilogy and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, publisher Activision is prepping the comeback for another classic game from the 32-bit age. Making its debut at The Game Awards 2018, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a remake of the original PS1 kart racer, originally developed by Naughty Dog. Now developed by Beenox and set for release on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled brings one of the more remarkable kart racing games that isn’t called Mario Kart into the HD era, showing off more of the Crash series’ brand of style and humor.

Launching on June 21, 2019, the developers wanted to give the original a modern look with the remake, while also keeping the core gameplay of drifting along tight tracks as you fire off powerful weapons against other racers intact. With all the tracks and characters from the original making a return, Nitro-Fueled also introduces some additional features including online gameplay, new character and kart customization options, and expanded co-op features. In an interview with Beenox’ Co-Studio Head Thomas Wilson prior to the reveal, he talked about his respect for the Crash series, and how the developers sought to remain faithful for this remake.

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“I was a big fan of the Crash series, so you can imagine that I thought it was super exciting to come back to this,” said Wilson. “I would definitely say that Crash Team Racing deserved to be remastered, and I think that that’s what makes it so exciting when you’re thinking about it. It’s been 20 years, so we’ll be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Crash Team Racing when Nitro-Fueled comes out, which I think is the best moment to release it.”

Built from the ground up, the remake plans to continue the same level of vibrancy and respect that’s been a constant from the previous Activision remakes. Instead of platforming, the action moves to fast-paced and hectic races across several tracks modeled after different levels from the Crash Bandicoot series. Though the original CTR was undeniably influenced by Mario Kart, it also featured a full-fledged story mode, taking your chosen character to battle against other racers and bosses–including the big bad Nitrous Oxide–across several challenging tracks.

At launch, Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled will go for $40. However, there will also be a deluxe release with the Nitros Oxide Edition, going for $60. In addition to the full game, the Nitros Oxide Edition will unlock the titular boss character and his unusual kart at the beginning of the game–the standard version requires normal progression through the game to unlock. Moreover, there will be added character and kart skins for Crash, Coco, Cortex, and other characters to use.

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“I can’t wait for people to see it, play it, because it’s a work of passion, right?” said Wilson. “We put our heart and soul into making these games. And for me, it’s not just a remaster, it needs to be a true love letter to what Crash Team Racing was. What I mean by that is with so much improvement that’s coming with the Nitro-Fueled, by having the upgraded graphics, upgraded animations, and upgraded visual fidelity, we’ll also bring it online for everybody as well, and that’s what makes me so excited.”

There’s much more to see from The Game Awards 2018. Be sure to keep track of all the latest news and trailers that have been revealed at the show by visiting our roundup.

Far Cry: New Dawn Fixes FC5’s Greatest Flaw: The Dog Rides In Your Car

Far Cry 5’s companion system brought a welcome way to get some backup when playing in single-player. But it also contained a critical flaw, as the dog–Boomer–could not jump in your vehicle and go for a ride as the human companions did. Fortunately, Ubisoft heard the response and is amending this grave error in the newly announced Far Cry: New Dawn, which premiered during The Game Awards.

New Dawn appears to very much be an evolution of Far Cry 5, and that includes bringing in the same style of companion system. Set in the same location of Hope County, Montana, but years after FC5, you’ll meet and recruit a new series of allies. Among them is another dog, Timber, who could be seen in the reveal trailer for New Dawn.

Thankfully, when you decide to commandeer a vehicle, Timber will jump in and go for a ride, just like anyone else. It’s a minor, silly detail, but a welcome one nonetheless for those who felt bad about leaving their pooch to hoof it on his own.

New Dawn is set in a post-apocalyptic version of Hope County where you contend with a devious group known as the Highwaymen, who are led by Mickey and Lou, twin sisters known simply as The Twins. There’s a greater emphasis on crafting, as you can create weapons and vehicles. Beyond exploring this altered version of Hope County, you’ll also take on missions called Expeditions that let you explore entirely new areas.

New Dawn is set for release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on February 15. It’ll cost $40 in the US; international pricing has not yet been announced.

Steve Buscemi Is God In First Trailer For New TBS Show That Also Stars Daniel Radcliffe

Veteran actor Steve Buscemi’s next role is that of the Christian God in the TBS show Miracle Workers, and we’re now getting a first look the actor in the role.

The network posted a trailer for Miracle Workers today, showing Buscemi playing a version of God who doesn’t really care about people anymore. Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe plays Craig, an angel. And, well … better to let the official show description (via Collider) explain for itself:

“A comedy set in the offices of Heaven Inc. When God plans to destroy the Earth, two low-level angels must convince their boss to save humanity. They bet him they can pull off their most impossible miracle yet: help two humans fall in love.”

Miracle Workers was created by Simon Rich, who was a writer on Saturday Night Live before creating the FXX show Man Seeking Woman (which was based on his book The Last Girlfriend on Earth). The show also stars Karan Soni (Deadpool), Jon Bass (Baywatch), and Geraldine Viswanathan (Blockers).

Miracles Workers is just the latest TBS original show. It joins others like Angie Tribeca, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, People of Earth, Wrecked, Search Party, American Dad, and Conan.

The Flash 100 Cast Breaks Down That Insane Cliffhanger

Making is to 100 episode of TV in the modern landscape is no easy feat. So many shows last only a season or two before meeting an untimely end. That’s what makes The Flash’s achievement so special and worthy of celebration. What you might not have expected, though, was an episode that also served as a game changer for not just this season, but the series as a whole. Warning: The following contains spoilers for The Flash’s 100th episode, “What’s Past is Prologue.”

While visiting the past was a nice way to honor all that the show has become, what was especially important is how it shaped the future–namely how it involves Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy). “I really didn’t think I’d have a big part of it because I always sort of felt like the 100th episode should represent everyone that had been in the show so I was so surprised when I knew I was going to be such a huge part of it,” Kennedy told GameSpot on The Flash 100th episode red carpet.

She did play a massive role, though, which involves her own future. After meeting the Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh) that tormented her father throughout Season 1 of the series, it was revealed she’s actually working with him–or some version of him–in the future, long after her father disappeared. What her goal is, though, has yet to be revealed.

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“There’s something going on but we don’t understand it exactly what it is,” she said. “Obviously, as the season goes on, that will make sense but I think the biggest thing is, is Norah good when there’s a part of Norah that’s bad? What are the reasons she’s there?”

That’s the question on the minds of every fan after realizing Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) daughter is working with his most dreaded enemy in some way. What would bring her to it and what happens now that she sees the man he truly was?

Of course, looking at it from Cavanagh’s point of view, bringing back Thawne is an exciting challenge. How do you revisit a former character but keep it fresh and new?

“I always think if you’re fortunate enough to be on a long-running TV show, maybe you don’t necessarily have to reinvent but it’s best not to get too staged in, you know, what you present to the viewership because I think they know you know an occasional ignition in one way or another,” he explained. “I think that with taking the classic villain, keeping him the classic villain, but showing a different error or different side or different aspect, if you will, with it was enjoyable.”

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That was also the route showrunner Todd Helbing and his writers wanted to take when it came to penning the script for the episode and deciding where it would lead as the season goes on. “We don’t wanna just do the same villain over and over and if we had the exact same attitude with Eobard Thawne, that we’ve seen this whole time, that’s not going to be interesting either,” he said. “So, he was part of the pitch from the beginning and I think what we really wanted to do was just see a different attitude from Thawne that we hadn’t, see him in a different light and, you know, there’s a big theme of legacy this season. And so, when we started talking about that with every other character and then we got to Thawne, it’s like, ‘What does legacy mean to him?’ So that’s what we start to touch on in the background.”

What does this mean for Sherloque, though? The version of Wells helping the team out in current day was certainly teased to show a connection to Eobard. In the 100th episode, they both refer to Nora as a “clever girl,” referencing Jurassic Park. However, as Helbing revealed, the two are not the same person.

“I’ll just say he’s has a different agenda than Thawne.” the showrunner teased. As for what that agenda is, and whether it’s good or evil, you’re going to have to wait for the season to play out. We’ll also have to wait to see whether Barry and Nora traveling back in time will have any impact on the timeline. “I feel like towards the end of the season is where we’re going to see what kind of repercussions episode 100 had,” Gustin said. Helbing, meanwhile, teased, “There’s something that will happen probably way down the line that you realize but, no, right now we’re not playing it in the same way like that we do.”

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With such a massive episode that featured so many major moments, you’re going to have to wait for any kind of immediate follow-up. Next, The Flash–along with Arrow and Supergirl–head into the massive “Elseworlds” crossover. The event kicks off on December 9. Make sure to check out our “Elseworlds” photos and spoiler teases so you’re ready to take it all in.

Kingdom Hearts 3: Release Date, The Current Timeline, And Everything Else We Know

It’s been a long time coming, but Kingdom Hearts III is almost here. Set for a worldwide release on January 29, 2019 for PS4 and Xbox One, the next game in the incredibly complicated yet whimsical action-RPG series will conclude the main story with Sora, Donald Duck, Goofy and other friends as they face off against the evil Organization XIII and the swarming blight known as the Heartless. Since its debut, the Kingdom Hearts series blended together the exuberance and wonder of a Disney spectacle with the mechanics of an JRPG, offering something that really shouldn’t have worked as well as it did.

There’s a lot anticipation for Kingdom Hearts III, but at the same time there’s a number things that will be important to clear up. Just ahead of the game’s release, we’ve compiled a number of important details regarding Kingdom Hearts III, when it first debuted, the platforms it will launch on, and whether it’ll be safe to dive into this game if you’re a first timer. Here’s everything we know about Disney and Square Enix’s upcoming action-RPG spectacle.

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  • What Is Kingdom Hearts III?
  • Can I Start With KH III?
  • Debut And The First Trailer
  • Where Does It Fit In The KH Timeline?
  • The Second Trailer
  • What’s New In Kingdom Hearts III?
  • All The Confirmed Worlds (So Far)
  • The Third Trailer
  • What Systems Is It On And What’s Its Release Date?
  • Will It Come To PC?
  • How Can I Catch Up?
  • Will there be a Theme Song?
  • The Fourth Trailer
  • Is There A Special Edition?
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What Is Kingdom Hearts III?

Kingdom Hearts III is the next game in the long-running series that debuted in 2002 on the PlayStation 2. Created by Tetsuya Nomura, Kingdom Hearts is an action-RPG amalgamation of the memorable movies and games from both Disney and Square Enix (particularly the Final Fantasy series). Over the course of the series, Sora and his allies have travelled across the expansive multiverse, forming bonds with many familiar characters such as Aladdin, Mulan, and Hercules, while also facing off against foes such as Scar from The Lion King and Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII.

Kingdom Hearts III will continue the tradition of offering richly realized worlds to explore, with each locale having a set of iconic characters to team up with. Though technically not the third game in the series–it’s really the eighth–KHIII will be the conclusion of the main storyline focusing on Sora and his friends and their travels across the Disney/Square universe. During their adventure, they’ll encounter many returning characters and explore new worlds, which have a greater level of freedom and advanced combat mechanics.

Can I Start With KH III?

While the Kingdom Hearts series is known for its incredibly involved and complex plot, possessing an interconnected web of character relationships and timelines, it’s still possible to jump into Kingdom Hearts III fresh. Much like other games, KHIII will offer a way for newcomers and fans who need to brush up on the story an opportunity to get up to speed with the new game. There will be numerous text files and docs that detail the major events throughout the series, key characters, and how it all led up to this point.

Debut And The First Trailer

Kingdom Hearts III made its debut during Sony’s E3 2013 press conference, revealing new visuals and designs for Sora, Donald, Goofy, and the locations they would visit–all powered by Unreal Engine 4. In this trailer, we saw some familiar scenes with the key characters before witnessing Sora fight off swarms of Heartless in a reimagined Twilight Town from KHII.

Where Does It Fit In The KH Timeline?

KHIII is the latest game chronologically on the series timeline. Though the numbered entries are seen as the core entries in the series, several important events have happened in the spin-off games that are vital for anyone looking to get the full story. While Kingdom Hearts Union X [Cross] (yes, that’s the actual title) is a mobile/browser title, it also expands the overall plot. It shows off the events prior to the Keyblade War–one of the more notable events referenced throughout the series.Aside from the main games, the side-stories in Birth By Sleep and Dream Drop Distance not only reveal the backstories for many key side-characters, they reveal events that have come to shape the present story in Kingdom Hearts III. Here’s a list of every KH game in chronological order.

  • Kingdom Hearts: Union X [Cross]
  • Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep
  • Kingdom Hearts 1.5 (Final Mix)
  • Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days
  • Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
  • Kingdom Hearts 2.5 (Final Mix)
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded
  • Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance
  • Kingdom Hearts III

The Second Trailer

Debuting at E3 2015, the next trailer revealed footage of the Kingdom of Corona world from Tangled, along with Olympus Coliseum from Hercules. In the trailer, we also got to see footage of the new combat mechanic known as Attraction Flow, and saw two new characters exchange in cryptic dialog discussing the fate of other characters.

What’s New In Kingdom Hearts III?

The gameplay in Kingdom Hearts III is very similar to how it was in Kingdom Hearts II, albeit with a much larger scope. In addition to larger environments to explore, players will now be able to have five characters in a party at once, with two guest characters joining the trio. Continuing from Kingdom Hearts II, Sora will be able to call upon his allies and trigger special combination attacks and special moves. Summoning also makes a return as well, allowing you to call forth famous Disney characters like Wreck-It-Ralph and Ariel from The Little Mermaid.

However, Kingdom Hearts III tosses in several new abilities, which helps to bring combat to the next level. One of the new combat abilities is known as Attraction Flow, allowing Sora to conjure up a vehicle that’s based on a famous Disneyland ride–such as Splash Mountain or the teacups from the Mad Tea Party attraction. By taking control of these rides, Sora can quickly deal heavy damage to multiple enemies. Another new twist is the addition of the various Keyblade transformations. While the previous games had you collect a whole assortment of special keyblades, many of which referenced classic Disney films and Final Fantasy games, KHIII takes things further by having each weapon possess its own signature move–giving you another new skill to use in battle.

All The Confirmed Worlds (So Far)

With every Kingdom Hearts game comes an assortment of levels that strongly contrast with each other. Kingdom Hearts III is no different, and we’ve already gotten a taste of where we’ll be able to travel to in the upcoming game. Though the final game still has a number of worlds that have yet to be revealed, here’s a quick rundown of the worlds we know of so far.

  • Kingdom of Corona (Tangled)
  • Olympus Coliseum (Hercules)
  • San Fransokyo (Big Hero 6)
  • Monstropolis (Monsters Inc.)
  • Toy Box (Toy Story)
  • Arendalle (Frozen)
  • The Caribbean (Pirates of the Caribbean 3)
  • Hundred Acre Wood (Winnie the Pooh)
  • Twilight Town (Kingdom Hearts)

The Third Trailer

During D23 2017, Square-Enix and Disney released a new trailer showing off a first look at the Toy Box world from Toy Story. During the footage, Sora, Donald, and Goofy are transformed into action figures and have to battle Heartless in Andy’s room. They eventually meet up with Woody and Buzz Lightyear, and soon find themselves exploring the outside of Andy’s room and towards a massive toy-store where they control large mecha toys and confront another member of Organization XIII.

What Systems Is It On And What’s Its Release Date?

Kingdom Hearts III will be available for PS4 and Xbox One on January 29, 2019. Though the series has mostly been a fixture of the PlayStation consoles, with a few appearances on Nintendo’s handhelds, this game will mark the first time that the series will be available on a Microsoft console. Kingdom Hearts III will be available worldwide for PS4 and Xbox One on January 29, 2019. However, the game will be out in Japan nearly a week before on January 25.

Will It Come To PC?

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As of now, there is no word on a PC release for the game. Though it’s not outside the realm of possibility for it to make its way to PC, since Kingdom Hearts III will be the first multi-platform release, Square Enix have been quiet about a PC launch for the series.

How Can I Catch Up?

If you find yourself with the urge to revisit the previous games, or you simply want to see what all the hype is about, then you’ll be pleased to know that Square Enix has re-released both the previous core Kingdom Hearts games in the 1.5 + 2.5 Remix edition for PS4. Originally released on PS3, these collections remaster the two games with new visuals and add in some new content.

Featuring the Final Mix versions of Kingdom Hearts I and II, along with remasters of Birth By Sleep, Chain of Memories, Dream Drop Distances, and Recoded–ReMIX on PS4 also include a brand-new epilogue episode for Birth By Sleep [Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A fragmentary passage], running on the same engine as Kingdom Hearts III, giving many a brief taste for what’s to come in the next game. Unfortunately, this edition is only available on PS4, so Xbox One owners will have to wait for the digest in Kingdom Hearts III or play the ReMIX on PS4.

Will there be a Theme Song?

Much like other mainline entries in the series, there’s always an opening number to kick off the new adventure–and KHIII is no different. In the new song, Face Your Fears, series vocalist Utada Hikaru returns for the main theme. In an interesting twist, the theme song is also produced by Skrillex, who made a name for himself over the last decade with his work in the dub-step sub-genre. The song will be released shortly before the launch of the game on January 18.

The Fourth Trailer

During E3 2018, we saw the next trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3–revealing the first look at the worlds for Frozen and the return of Pirates of the Caribbean. First shown during Microsoft’s E3 press conference, Sora and friends encounter Elsa in the frozen wilderness, who’s under attack from Heartless. We also saw a return visit to the Pirates of the Caribbean world, adapting the events from the third film At World’s End.

Is There A Special Edition?

Square Enix plans to release a deluxe version of the game on both PS4 and Xbox One for $230. The bundle comes packed with Sora, Donald, and Goofy action-figures based on their appearances in the Toy Box, along with a steelbook and an artbook. There are also plans to release a special PS4 Pro bundle for Kingdom Hearts III, which is available for pre-order on the official Square Enix online store.

The 7 Best Entertainment Streaming Services In 2018

Where did you binge the most this year?

Did Netflix stay on top in the streaming game, or did a new challenger emerge to dethrone the champion? Where was the best place to binge in 2018–or, if you’re more into curation, which streaming platform or service had the best selection this year? The answers might surprise you, as the streaming landscape has shifted and changed since last time we took a hard look at it.

Yes, Netflix has absolutely dominated in the category of original content–largely by simply making as many exclusive movies and shows as it can, and hoping some of them turn out great (which they did). But did you manage to take advantage of Filmstruck while it was around? If not, you missed out on streaming some of the greatest films ever made, not to mention the exclusive special features that often accompanied them.

Or what if horror is more your flavor? Sure, Netflix had some great original horror movies and shows this year, but the classics were located elsewhere, on a platform that finally hit its stride in 2018. If you were looking for more recent TV, Hulu was your best bet, whereas wrestling fans did themselves a disservice if they still managed to avoid subscribing to WWE Network this year. And there was even one brand new service that, despite starting weak, turned into an essential by the end of the year thanks to one show.

Where did you binge the most in 2018? What services did we miss, and what did we get wrong? Or do you agree that these were the best for streaming this year? Let us know in the comments down below, then check out the 30 best Netflix exclusives of 2018 as well.

7. DC Universe

During the summer, DC announced its own streaming service to compete with Netflix, Hulu, Shudder, and the slew of others. Called DC Universe, the new app allows users to watch DC movies and TV series, browse comic books, and talk to other users in a community section. However, even when we got our hands on the early beta testing for it, DC Universe was just ok. The service was hitting the same problems any would face in its first year; most importantly, lack of content. But the early months for a new streaming service can be rough, and it’s all about what it does next to evolve.

Everything changed in October when DC Universe released its first original series, Titans. As you probably remember, the first trailer was most notable for Robin saying “F*** Batman,” once again reminding the audience that DC likes to do things a bit more dark and gritty. But ignoring DC’s past sins, Titans ends up being one of the best new streaming series of the year. And sure, it can get a bit over-dramatic at times, but if the rest of DC’s original content is as good and well-produced as Titans, we’re in for a new major player in world of streaming services. This original content combined with what the service already offers made it a must-have for DC fans in late-2018 and one to keep your eye on in 2019. – Mat Elfring

6. Amazon Prime Video

Much like Hulu, Amazon Prime Video spent a lot of 2018 continuing to work on its back catalogue of movies and TV shows to pick up where Netflix is seemingly dropping the ball. Aside from Prime’s original series, of which there are a few really worth checking out, Prime’s ample selection of movies ranges from contemporary blockbusters to straight-to-video atrocities that are immensely fun to watch. You can watch legitimately brilliant movies like The Big Sick or What We Do In Shadows, or you can sit down for popcorn flick Hobgoblins, which is a ripoff of Critters, which is actually a ripoff of Gremlins–from space.

Prime also has continued to add Rifftrax movies to its service, which if you’re unfamiliar, is the cast of Mike Nelson’s run of Mystery Science Theater 3000 making fun of bad movies. Prime also added more classic game shows, anime, and tons of other content. What Prime has above both Netflix and Hulu is the freedom of choice. No, you won’t see as many big budget blockbusters on the service, but Prime has plenty more hidden gems compared to its competitors. — Mat Elfring

5. Shudder

While Netflix has plenty of new, independent, and studio horror, it doesn’t exactly dip into the genre’s rich and varied past. Thankfully fright fans have AMC’s Shudder, a streaming services aimed directly at them. It launched in 2015, but 2018 was the year that it really came into its own. The site cleverly divides its catalogue into “collections” with titles like “Bad Genes & Killer Kids,” “Psychos and Madmen,” and “Zombie Jamboree.” It’s a carefully-curated selection too–Shudder boss Sam Zimmerman has made a point of stating that he wants to make Shudder’s catalogue representative of the huge diversity and quality in the genre, and not just fill it up with rubbish.

As a result you’ll find movies from genre legends like George Romero, John Carpenter, Dario Argento, and David Cronenberg alongside more bizarre and obscure offerings. 2018 also saw the service move heavily into premiering new movies fresh from their festival runs, meaning that some of the year’s best horror made its streaming debut there, including the likes of Mandy, Terrified, Revenge, Summer of ’84, and The Witch in the Window. Finally, this year Shudder was responsible for the return of the great Joe Bob Briggs to screens after many years away–his wonderfully entertaining movie marathons in the summer and at Thanksgiving were worth the price of subscription alone, and there’s more to come from the Texan horror legend in 2019. — Dan Auty

4. Filmstruck

If you’ve never used Filmstruck before, then we have bad news for you–the service no longer exists. Launched in 2016 as a joint venture between the Time Warner-owned Turner Movies and classic/foreign language/arthouse blu-ray specialists Criterion, Filmstruck was a movie buff’s dream streaming service–a deep and rich collection of incredible movies from across the decades that covered almost every base. From French new wave and Italian neo-realist to film noir and screwball comedy via American indie and Japanese samurai movies, there really was something for everyone. In addition, many of the amazing extras from Criterion’s releases could be found on there, alongside interviews and essays created just for the service. Sadly, AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner earlier this year meant that in October it was announced that Filmstruck was to close within a few weeks, its new owners clearly uninterested in what they described as a “niche” service.

But that wasn’t the end. Within hours of the announcement a petition to save Filmstruck was launched, which eventually reached over 50,000 signatures. A powerful group of filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Guillermo Del Toro, and Christopher Nolan, all appealed to AT&T to think again, and by mid-November it was confirmed that the Criterion Collection would return as a standalone streaming service in the spring 2019, with the rest of the Turner/Warner content available alongside it when Warner’s own streaming platform launches later in the year. So although Filmstruck itself is dead, this amazing, constantly-evolving archive of the world’s greatest cinema will continue. — Dan Auty

3. Hulu

Hulu stayed the course in 2018, continuing to offer day-after viewing for many television series airing on network and cable TV. This is increasingly important with some networks pulling new episodes from the service, the most notable being FX only allowing Hulu to air past seasons as the cable channel pushes out its FX Plus service. Staying relevant this year as a streaming service was tough, but Hulu continued to offer TV series, movies, and original content.

And they’re slowly starting to dominate this landscape with Netflix focussing primarily on in-house productions and exclusives. Hulu continues to bring TV series and movies to its service, making it more and more a must-have streaming service, with its original series being the icing on the cake. The Path, which originally debuted in 2016, came to an end this year. And while the show concluding was a bummer, Season 3 wrapped up the story incredibly well, and it was the closure fans needed. Aside from The Path, Hulu debuted the Stephen King Universe series Castle Rock, which was incredibly weird but very satisfying by the end of Season 1. There was also another season of Handmaid’s Tale, which didn’t have the same impact as the first, but was still extremely well-produced nonetheless. Hulu continues to prove why it’s one of the giants in streaming services. — Mat Elfring

2. WWE Network

The WWE Network is a must-have for any professional wrestling fan. For the price of $9.99 per month–it’s a minor miracle the price has not changed since the Network’s February 2014 launch–users can stream every new WWE pay-per-view, live. They can watch every past WWE PPV as well; if you want to set up a massive binge marathon, starting with Wrestlemania I and ending with Wrestlemania 34, you can do that. If you want to watch every single Raw, in order, from 2013, you can do that too. Newer television episodes are uploaded as well, on a slight delay.

But that’s not all. The Network has backstage documentaries like WWE 365 and Breaking Ground, which examine wrestlers’ lives on the road and in training. WWE also owns the rights to the territories and competitors they’ve bought out, so you can watch old WCW and ECW PPVs and episodes. You can watch Mid-South Wrestling and Mid-Atlantic Wrestling. The sheer amount of historical footage and backstage footage available is staggering, making a WWE Network subscription well worth it for fans. — Kevin Wong

1. Netflix

Netflix is such a powerful force in modern entertainment that it’s easy to take it for granted. In many households it has replaced regular TV as the go-to destination for an evening’s entertainment, and it continues to influence and disrupt more traditional outlets for films and TV. While Netflix does still stream shows and movies made by other studios and companies, it is of course increasingly interested in creating its own content, and 2018 saw it flex its muscles in that area more than ever before. On the TV side, its biggest dramas and comedies continued to pull in major talent, and many of the year’s best shows were Netflix Originals. It’s impossible to think about the year’s TV without talking about The Haunting Of Hill House, GLOW, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Maniac, or Daredevil.

When it comes to movies, 2018 saw the company attract some big-name filmmakers, with such acclaimed directors as the Coen brothers (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Alfonso Cuaron (Roma), Jeremy Saulnier (Hold the Dark), David Mackenzie (Outlaw King), and Paul Greengrass (22 July) choosing to make their latest movies for the service. And that’s not mentioning the wealth of documentaries, reality shows, and family content that hit the service on a weekly basis. While it could be argued that the company’s rush to fill its arsenal means that the quality can sometimes suffer, the only real problem is having simply too much to watch.

Next year will see the streaming landscape shift even further, with Disney+ launching as a direct rival. We’ve already seen Netflix canceling the Marvel shows that it has to license from Disney, and questions remain about how many individual streaming subscriptions people are willing to pay for on a monthly basis. But whatever happens, Netflix is going nowhere.–Dan Auty

New Captain Marvel Trailer: Watch It Here

As expected, a new trailer for Marvel’s next big super hero movie, Captain Marvel, premiered tonight during Monday Night Football on ESPN. This trailer provides the best look yet at the Brie Larson-starring movie and offers up new insight into the story.

The trailer also shows off a better look at the Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Jude Law as a Kree commanders, and the two-eyed, digitally de-aged Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. We also see Annette Bening’s character for the first time–she’s a Kree. You can check out the full trailer in the embed above.

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Captain Marvel is set to premiere in March 2019. The first Captain Marvel trailer came online in September, and just like we did that for one, we’ll have a in-depth breakdown of this newest trailer covering all the big takeaways.

In addition to Larson, Law, Mendelsohn, and Jackson, the movie features Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, and Gemma Chan as Minn-Rrva. You can see a full breakdown of who’s in the movie here.

Larson, who won the Best Actress Oscar for his role in Room, will play Captain Marvel again in 2019’s untitled Avengers 4.